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  • AT&T Begins Flipping the Switch on Wi-Fi Calling for Some iOS 9 Beta Testers


    One of the new features coming with iOS 9 is the ability of AT&T network subscribers to take advantage of Wi-Fi calling on their iPhones.

    On Tuesday, AT&T has reportedly begun flipping the switch on Wi-Fi calling for some iOS 9 beta testers, whether they're developers or public beta participants. It's worth noting that the most recent iOS 9 betas, launched last week, are required to take advantage of this feature, as earlier versions of iOS 9 beta didn't include it.

    Those signed up with AT&T's network on the latest iOS 9 beta will be able to go to the Settings application to set up the Wi-Fi calling feature for testing purposes, as it's not meant for public usage just yet. iOS 9, as well as AT&T's Wi-Fi calling feature, will be ready for the general public this Fall.

    This feature will allow those with low cellular signal to conduct a phone call using a Wi-Fi network instead, drastically improving call quality and reliability while abroad.

    If you're testing iOS 9 on the AT&T network, has the feature opened up for you yet?

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Begins Flipping the Switch on Wi-Fi Calling for Some iOS 9 Beta Testers started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. cooldesi's Avatar
      cooldesi -
      Not for me.. it opens up the disclaimer page and I hit "I accept" then it comes back with WiFi calling not available in your area... Now thats 1 step forward then ytd. when it wasn't even showing the disclaimer page.
    1. xboxbml's Avatar
      xboxbml -
      Where exactly is that setting? I don't see it
    1. cooldesi's Avatar
      cooldesi -
      Under Setting->Phone->WiFi Calling. I have used it a lot when I was on T-Mobile, also seems like ATT will not allow this to work outside of US. With T-Mobile I was able to use it outside US and still call US for free.
    1. xboxbml's Avatar
      xboxbml -
      Yeah, they must not have flipped my switch yet..I don't see that option..weird..is it limited to certain model?
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      When I flip the switch it says not avail in my area yet
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      My switch has been here since I upgraded to the new beta tho. Always has said not avail tho when I turn it on.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      If you own Apple Watch you turn this feature on your Apple Watch will no longer notify you of an incoming call, doubt you can make calls on Apple Watch with wifi calling turned on.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      You may have to call into ATT and ask them to turn it on for your phone to beta test it. It probably isn't turned on automatically. It's probably a person by person basis.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      I can't wait for this feature in fall! I'm tired of having to rock a 3G Microcell for a signal, since I'm in a death circle/spot in my neighborhood. Microcell is only good for 1Mbps speed for data too besides a cell signal.
    1. miketurbo123's Avatar
      miketurbo123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      I can't wait for this feature in fall! I'm tired of having to rock a 3G Microcell for a signal, since I'm in a death circle/spot in my neighborhood. Microcell is only good for 1Mbps speed for data too besides a cell signal.
      Same story here man
    1. Rickyfl84's Avatar
      Rickyfl84 -
      I'm sure they are going to work out the bugs with wifi calling cause for me it's been a total disappointment with T-Mobile. Don't get me wrong it works really well specially when I can't get a realizable cell reception but it's a total killer on battery life. I'm using iOS 9 public beta, so I don't know whether is a T-Mobile issue or Apple's, but the battery drains really fast when wifi calling is active and the phone gets really warm. I reported the issue to apple so hopefully it'll get fixed by the final release. Just a heads up!!!
    1. sashusmom's Avatar
      sashusmom -
      Well, It's about time Att!!!! I'm thinking of jumping ship in 2 weeks for t-mo for this very feature. I got tired of waiting for you to catch up...... Maybe I won't be in such a hurry if this if a for sure thing to hit in Sept with the iphone 6s.
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rickyfl84 View Post
      I'm sure they are going to work out the bugs with wifi calling cause for me it's been a total disappointment with T-Mobile. Don't get me wrong it works really well specially when I can't get a realizable cell reception but it's a total killer on battery life. I'm using iOS 9 public beta, so I don't know whether is a T-Mobile issue or Apple's, but the battery drains really fast when wifi calling is active and the phone gets really warm. I reported the issue to apple so hopefully it'll get fixed by the final release. Just a heads up!!!
      Nah. For real? The battery drains faster on wifi calling? And the phone gets hot? What a junk. You should get a Samsung maybe the battery doesn't drain at all.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      I have a 6 Plus but will this also work on a 5C? My mother's microcell seems to have crapped out on her recently and I'd like to set her up with this
    1. jackbauerctu's Avatar
      jackbauerctu -
      Iphone 6 supports supports voice over data since iOS 8....I've been calling over wifi on verizon since I bought my iPhone 6 last year. settings > cellular > enable LTE > Voice and Data. This setting has allowed me to make calls over LTE and Wifi for simultaneous voice and data (which previously was only available on GSM networks). Am I confused here or is AT&T just really behind on this?
    1. RandyTG's Avatar
      RandyTG -
      Wi-Fi calling requires VoLTE and AT&T hasn't deployed that yet to all markets, so that is why it is available in some places and not others.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by jackbauerctu View Post
      Iphone 6 supports supports voice over data since iOS 8....I've been calling over wifi on verizon since I bought my iPhone 6 last year. settings > cellular > enable LTE > Voice and Data. This setting has allowed me to make calls over LTE and Wifi for simultaneous voice and data (which previously was only available on GSM networks). Am I confused here or is AT&T just really behind on this?
      I have that also on my ATT iPhone6 plus, that has nothing to do with wifi calling. That's controls how you want to use your cell signal, voice only, data only or both.
    1. jackbauerctu's Avatar
      jackbauerctu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      I have that also on my ATT iPhone6 plus, that has nothing to do with wifi calling. That's controls how you want to use your cell signal, voice only, data only or both.
      According to Verizon Tech support, the "advanced calling 1.0" feature (their fancy name for VoLTE) has supported wifi calling since day one. It's not advertised but I never had service in my apartment (tons of concrete), I had to buy a network extender in order for my iPhone 5 to work. Then last September I purchased the iPhone 6. Then the extender broke. When I called Verizon for tech support, they saw I had an iPhone 6 and said I didn't need the extender anymore because my phone would work over wifi with the Advanced Calling feature. Turned on my wifi and tried to call and it worked like a charm. The handoff from Cellular into wifi is seamless (outside my apartment to inside), but it doesn't work the other way around (if I start a conversation in my apartment while connected to wifi and step outside, the call drops). So I dunno, I'm not an expert but it sure sounds like wifi calling to me....
    1. jackbauerctu's Avatar
      jackbauerctu -
      Oh and I forgot to mention, that was what they told me to do in order to activate wifi calling (going into settings and changing the LTE over to voice and data)
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      On verizon with a 6 plus here... Just turned off data and cellular and tried making a call on WiFi, it worked just fine...